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6 Foods That Naturally Relieve Pain

Posted Dec 05 2012 12:00am
Guest post by Suzy Mage

Many people suffering from chronic pain would like to lessen their dependence on pain killers.
Below are 6 simple ways to reduce stress While pain killers can offer fast pain relief, there are other options available for people who experience chronic pain, including proper nutrition.

There are several benefits that come along with using pain killers, such as fast relief. However, there are several disadvantages as well, including risks of tolerance and addiction. Some people also experience unwanted side effects when using pain killers, such as nausea and drowsiness.

Although medication can be an appropriate choice for pain relief, people with chronic pain should be aware that there are alternative pain management methods available to them. One easy option is proper nutrition. Nutrition and pain management  go hand-in-hand, as several foods offer treatments for various conditions. Below, are some of the best foods to help relieve pain
  • Fish oil: Fish oil, when digested, breaks down into hormonelike chemicals called prostaglandins, which reduce inflammation. Fish oil is found in fish, but can also be taken as supplements. In a University of Pittsburgh study, about 40 percent of rheumatoid arthritis patients who took cod-liver oil every day were able to cut their anti-inflammatory drug use by more than a third. After about 10 weeks, nearly two-thirds were able to stop taking anti-inflamatory drug altogether.
  • Olive oil: Olive oil contains oleocanthal, which a 2010 study published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism reported that it can be applied in the treatment of inflammatory degenerative joint diseases. This compound is found in extra virgin olive oil, which is why olive oil is an excelled substitute for vegetable oil and butter. Olive oil is also rich in antioxidants, which as said above have properties that can reduce inflammation.
  • Red grapes: Red grapes, and thus red wine, contain resveratrol, a powerful compound that blocks the enzymes that contribute to tissue degeneration. Rush University Medical Center lab experiments found that resveratrol protected against the kind of cartilage damage that causes back pain.
  • Citrus (and other) fruits: A study published in the online journal PLOS One found that vitamin C prevents bone degeneration. Citrus fruits, such as oranges, and berries, such as strawberries and blueberries, are prime vitamin C fruits. Similar to fish oil, vitamin C can be consumed as a supplement as well.
  • Ginger: Ginger is a powerful food to use against inflammation. Almost two-thirds of patients with chronic knee pain reported less soreness upon standing after taking a ginger extract, according to a six-week study from the University of Miami. Those who consumed ginger also reported less pain after walking 50 feet than those taking a placebo — and they needed less pain medication. And new research suggests ginger may also help tackle post-workout pain. 
  • Cherries: Cherries contain high amounts of antioxidants called anthocyanins, which have anti-inflammatory properties. In a US Department of Agriculture study, participants who ate 45 cherries a day for 28 days reduced their inflammation levels significantly, and a Johns Hopkins study of rats given cherry anthocyanins indicated that anthocyanins might also protect against arthritis pain. 

Alternative pain management NJ specialists would agree that proper nutrition can be a tasty, simple, and fun way to pain relief. In addition to a balanced diet, it is important to exercise routinely, as weight gain is a common cause of chronic pain. Exercise will certainly enhance the benefits experienced along with proper nutrition, and vice versa.

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